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ELCA health-care costs jump

Rate increases will vary congregation to congregation

At an Aug. 2-4 meeting, the ELCA Board of Pensions trustees approved an overall increase for 2001 of 18.6 percent in the revenue collected from congregations and sponsoring employers for the health-care benefits plan.

"This is the amount of increase we need in income to meet the projected level of member health claims," said David Adams, vice president for research and design.

To ease the overall increase, trustees suspended the 2001 survivor benefit plan contribution rate, citing sufficient funds to cover expected survivor payments. With the suspension, the average increase for all benefits, excluding pension, will be about 9 percent.


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